Conversational artificial intelligence (AI) is a task of having meaningful dialogue with a user and acting as human as possible.
Dialogue agents -- programmes capable for having a conversation -- surround us everywhere: from bots that we chat with on messengers to personal assistants and voice control interfaces.
The competition gathered chatbots developed to define which techniques would make a chatbot appear intelligent.
The competition was held in two stages: At first round, organized by the Neural Networks and Deep Learning Lab this summer, the participants of the hackathon talked to the systems.
Reflecting the wider AI boom, over the past few years the NIPS conference has grown from a small gathering of a few hundred academics to a sprawling event with thousands of attendees, big-name corporate recruiters, and lavish parties.
Six teams from the University of Wroclaw, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, McGill University, KAIST & AIBrain & Crosscert, UMass Lowell's Text Machine Lab & Trinity College, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and Fudan University took part in the competition finals.